MWC: Telefonica Wins Green Award

Telefónica has been presented with the GSMA Global Mobile Award for the “The Green Mobile Award” category at Mobile World Congress 2016, the Award is for Telefónica’s Global Energy Efficiency Programme.

Telefónica’s Global Energy Efficiency Programme works to optimise energy efficiency with innovation. By monitoring and use of renewable energy in order to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in all operations and processes of the company. The Programme, launched by Telefónica’s Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Office together with Global Infra Efficiency Unit, covers 21 countries and 17 operations. Its main goal is to improve the energy efficiency of the network, which accounts for 85% of CO2 emissions for a Telco.

In the period from 2010-2014, Telefónica developed 157 energy efficiency projects with 102 ongoing in 2014-2015. This has led to Telefónica reducing its footprint and saving 136GWh and 36kt CO2eq in 2015 alone. Additionally, 15% of Telefonica’s energy comes from renewable sources.

The award, granted on Tuesday, 23 February during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, was received by Juan Manuel Caro, Director of Operations and OSS at Global CTO of Telefónica on behalf of the team that led the project.

“This award is a recognition of the good work of a great team, and an encouragement to all that remains to be done. For the next few years, we will continue working on renewable energy, infrastructure management and monitoring and energy management systems based on ISO 50001”, says Caro.

Elena Valderrábano, director of Responsible Business of Telefónica, adds: “Telefónica, like any Telco company, does not have a significant environmental impact. However, ICTs have great potential to reduce the impact on other industries. In fact, there are many companies in different industries that use Telefónica’s green solutions including the intelligent management services fleet, intelligent building and cloud computing. And thanks to our platform for smart cities, Spain is a leader in smart cities”.

The award has seen a new record with 930 entries and 285 nominees shortlisted for more than 40 awards over eight categories. The competition has been greater than ever in the awards 21st year, reflecting the tremendous diversity and pace of innovation across the mobile world. The GLOMO Awards are judged by independent experts, analysts, journalists, academics and, in some cases, mobile operator representatives.

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David Dungay

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